Walking Dead to get gay character

My girlfriend loves this show. Personally I don’t see the attraction, but I find that those who love vampire themed stories (and she does; her favourite being the Black Dagger Brotherhood) also enjoy zombie stuff.

The Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman set tongues wagging earlier this month when he floated the possibility that original survivor Daryl Dixon could be gay, telling ComicBook.com, “It’s been discussed.”

Now, the AMC hit’s showrunner, Scott M. Gimple, is weighing in on the “Is-he-or-isn’t-he?” buzz.

“We know all sorts of things about the characters that we haven’t revealed,” he shares, before insisting, “[But] we’re not holding back information on Daryl’s sexuality as any sort of big reveal. The fact that there’s still a question as to what Daryl’s orientation is in Season 5 absolutely speaks to Daryl’s character; he is a very guarded, very closed-off individual in a lot of ways. We have been able to see him ever so slowly open up and show the other characters aspect by aspect as to what makes him tick. That’s been a very satisfying journey for all of us on the creative side to portray. [And] he’s still on that journey.

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Pakistan’s First Anti-Homophobia Children’s Book

Hello Lovelies! Lots of news to share today, but I think this is the most special. I won’t say much about it because most of what is on Buzzfeed’s website are the graphics associated with the book. As far as I understand, the entire book is available for viewing on the link. I hope more books like this are generated for the world’s children to read and understand that we’re not monsters.

Book link

Charges Filed Against LGBT Rights Protesters

Well isn’t this a kick in the pants?

Over six months after LGBT rights protesters blocked a legislative hearing at the Utah State Capitol, prosecutors on Wednesday filed charges against 13 people involved in the demonstration, ABC 4 Utah reported.

The protestors blocked a doorway at the capitol Feb. 10, demanding legislators take up a state a bill that would prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation in the areas of employment and housing — Senate Bill 100. Authorities asked the protestors to leave, but they refused and were arrested. The bill later died in a closed door meeting, according to The Salt Lake Tribune.

The 13 demonstrators face charges including disrupting a public meeting and suspicion of disorderly conduct, according to the reports. They plan to announce their charges and how they plan to plea in court on the steps of the Utah State Capitol Thursday morning, according to a post on Twitter by Troy Williams, one of the ‘Capitol 13.’

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A Year After Trans NYC Murder, Community On Edge

It really makes one (me) lose faith in the justice system when Justice’s wheels turn instantly for some and seemingly not at all for others. I hope someday Dolores Nettles finds the answers and justice her daughter deserves.

It’s been a year since Dolores Nettles rushed to the hospital and listened to her daughter’s heart beat for the last time. Since then, she has been waiting for the results of an investigation into her daughter’s death. Police say they’re on the case, but Nettles is skeptical. “What’s taking so long?” she asked. “I’m not really understanding what’s really going on.”

Nettles is the mother of Islan, the transgender woman who died on Aug. 17, 2013, after a group of men allegedly fought with her outside a police precinct in Harlem, a New York City neighborhood. The police initially brought assault charges against Paris Wilson, who allegedly delivered the blows that would eventually kill her. But authorities later dropped the charges, saying they intended to pursue the case as a homicide investigation.

At a court hearing last November, Assistant District Attorney Nicholas Viorst said the case “turned out to be a uniquely complex one.” A spokeswoman for the district attorney declined to comment on the open investigation. The Nettles family says it heard little from the investigators until a few week ago, when a representative from the district attorney’s office called with an update, and to assure Nettles that they were still pursuing leads.

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Judges blast Indiana, Wisconsin gay marriage bans

Hooray for sensible judges, eh?

CHICAGO (AP) — Federal appeals judges bristled Tuesday at arguments defending gay marriage bans in Indiana and Wisconsin, with one Republican appointee comparing them to now-defunct laws that once outlawed weddings between blacks and whites.

As the legal skirmish over same-sex marriage shifted to the three-judge panel of the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago, more than 200 people lined up hoping to get a spot in the hearing room.

Attorneys general in both states are trying to reinstate bans that were ruled unconstitutional in June. The outcome of the case also could directly affect hundreds of couples who were married after federal judges overturned the bans but before their rulings were put on hold pending appeal.

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Hate is clearly taught

While this exchange I found on Not Always Right can be loosely categorized as humour, it’s a clear example of how hatred is taught by parents. None of us are born hating others. It’s what we learn from our parents and other influences in our lives.

A Dragon Cannot Be Killed By Fire Or Bad Parenting
Amusement Park | Sandusky, OH, USA | Bad Behavior, Family & Kids

(I work at a popular amusement park. A family with children comes in with their children. There are two boys and two girls in a toy gift store.)

Mother: “Okay, you guys can pick one toy each!”

(The one daughter picks a very pink and fluffy stuffed animal, while the boys pick a toy bow and arrow. The youngest girl picks a stuffed dragon.)

Me: “Oh, cool, a dragon!”

Little Girl: *holds up dragon* “Raawwwr!”

Me: “Oh, scary!”

Mother: *pulls dragon out of her hands* “Oh no, sweetheart! Dragons are not for sweet little girls!”

(The mother then shows the little girl a more girly toy and everything pink. Next the little girl picks up a green dog.)

Mother: “No! Little girls like pink! If you don’t get anything pink or girly you can’t get anything at all.”

(The little girl starts crying and then the mother pays for the toys of her other siblings.)

Mother: *to me* “One of these days she will learn her place. Only gay girls like those kind of toys she picked out. I am trying to get her more girly and into pink so she can be straight.”

Me: *stunned silence*